A new constitution needed to fight corruption – Dr Nii Amu Darko

Dr Nii Amu Darko, the presidential aspirant of the First Alliance of Independent Reformers (FAIR) in the upcoming 2024 elections, has suggested a new constitution to limit the appointing powers of the President.

He said the move would help eradicate and reduce corruption within the country’s governance system.

‘When you have a constitution that gives unlimited power to the president it gives room for corruption and Ghanaians should not deceive themselves because bad company ruins good morals,’ he stated in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.

The president appoints ministers, supreme court judges and other heads of institutions and until that was changed the country would not make progress.

‘So, now if the president lost a critical case at the Supreme Court, he could appoint more persons to review the case in his favour. So, that is where the problem is. We need a new constitution to cure the immorality in the system,’ Dr Nii Darko, who is also the President of the African Reform Movement, said.

He s
aid; ‘America of all with a 330 million population with 27 trillion dollar GDP has nine members of its supreme court while Ghana has 18 members of the supreme court, which does not speak well for a developing country like Ghana.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Limited Registration Exercise: Process is stressful-NDC Parliamentary Candidate ?

Mr Mubarak Seid, the Sunyani East Parliamentary Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has described the Electoral Commission (EC)’s ongoing limited voter registration exercise as stressful for applicants and potential voters.

He expressed the fear the registration exercise would be unable to capture many of the applicants as anticipated if the EC failed to tackle the technical and emerging challenges proactively.

The EC must therefore be proactive enough, heed to countless advice from the election stakeholders, and tackle the challenges confronting the exercise, he said.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Mr Seid observed that the stressful nature of the registration exercise at the centres would discourage many of the potential voters from registering.

‘I was at Atuahenekrom. My brother,?visit and?see?for yourself the kind of stress applicants are going through. There is no shade there and I even provided the applicants benches to sit. This situation is unacceptab
le and the EC must do something,’ the parliamentary candidate indicated.

Mr Seid said though he was satisfied with the peaceful nature of the registration exercise in the constituency, the EC would have done better and spared the applicants if they had created more registration centres at the polling station level or electoral area level.

The NDC parliamentary candidate said it was not too late for the EC to reconsider and create more centres, and that would position them well to capture the thousands of eligible Senior High School applicants.

‘The current situation whereby political parties have no option than to bus eligible applicants to the registration centres is not the best because if that continued it would not augur well for democracy,’ Mr Seid stated.

Comparatively notwithstanding, Mr Seid said the registration exercise had seen some improvements, hoping that the EC would heed advice from election stakeholders and put in interventions for more applicants to register.

He expressed appreciation t
o the election stakeholders for their commitment and support towards the registration exercise nationwide and urged all eligible voters who had not registered to do so to be able to vote for the NDC in the Election 2024.

That, Mr Seid added, would enable the NDC to win the election by a wider margin, regain political power and bring improvements to the socio-economic livelihoods of the ordinary citizenry in particular.

Source: Ghana News Agency

No law in Ghana bars children of traditional leaders from active politics – NPP PA

Mr. Festus Bumakama Agyapong, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Aspirant for Wiawso Constituency, in the Western North Region says there is no law in Ghana that bars children of traditional leaders from engaging in active politics.?

He said there were some speculations from his political opponents that his father is the Paramount Chief for Wiawso and that the people should vote against him…’ Meanwhile, I am not a chief, but my father is, so what stops me from engaging in active politics ‘.

However, a statement signed by Mr Stephen Opoku Ware, an Aide to the Aspirant, and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) asked the people to ignore such unfounded statements, saying he was not the first son of a traditional ruler to participate in a political contest.

It said: ‘The likes of Mr. John Jinapor, Mr. Anthony Abaayifa Karbo and Mr. Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo to mention a few are? sons of traditional leaders, who served their people well as Members of Parliament (MP), so we are worried why his political o
pponents are creating the impression as if he is the first son of a traditional ruler contesting to become an MP.’

The statement called on his opponents to sell their vision to the electorate on what they could do to better their lives, ‘rather than engaging in politics of deceit and lies.’

‘As the election inches on, the electorates are eager to hear the good messages of various aspirants to inform their decisions on December 7, and we in the NPP are committed to telling the people what we have done and would do when given the mandate,’ it said.

The statement asked the people of Wiawso to consider what the NPP PC had?done in their respective communities and vote for him based on his achievements to become the NPP MP for the area.?

Source: Ghana News Agency

Over 300 challenged, 2,000 registered during first week of limited registration exercise in Hohoe

A total 330 voters have been challenged on basis of ineligibility during the first week of the ongoing nationwide limited voter registration in the Hohoe Municipality.

The Electoral Commission (EC) within the week has also registered a total of 2,018 voters at its Municipal centre and by the mobile team stationed at the Alavanyo Senior High Technical School and Wli Todzi.

Mr Enoch Danso Agyekum, Hohoe Municipal Electoral Officer, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) described the process within the week at the office centre and by the mobile team as successful.

He said the second week progressed without any software nor network glitches.

Mr Agyekum said day one captured 112 voters made up of two challenged cases, 33 males and 79 females while day two recorded 140 registered with a challenged case of 62 males and 78 females.

He said the third day saw 309 registered voters with nine challenged cases and 139 males as against 170 females, adding that day four to the seventh day recorded voters re
gistered by the office and the mobile team.

Mr Agyekum said the day four registered 371 voters with five challenged cases, 143 males and 228 females while the fifth day saw 450 voters made up of four challenged cases, 231 males and 219 females.

He said the sixth day recorded 335 voters with 152 challenged cases, 216 males and 119 females while the last day captured 391 voters made up of 158 challenged cases, 223 males and 168 females.

The GNA had picked information that a committee to sit on challenged cases in the Municipality is likely to begin hearing cases from May 18, 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Remain neutral in maintaining law and order during elections, Security agencies urged

Mr. Peter Kwabena Gyasi, the Deputy Bono Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education, has advised security agencies to maintain neutrality in their efforts to uphold law and order before, during and after elections.

He urged them to refrain from pledging allegiance to any political party and also prevent against intimidation of the citizenry but rather try to put in their best in protecting the lives of public from any actions that could harm them.

Mr. Gyasi gave the advice during an engagement with the staff of the Bono Regional Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in Sunyani as part of the Commission’s Constitution Week celebration on the theme: ‘Together We Can Build Ghana, So Get Involved.’

He noted that as security personnel it was imperative to refrain from interfering in the political activities of any political party.

”According to Article 3, Clause 2 of the 1992 Constitution, any activity of a person or group of persons which suppresses or seeks to suppress
the lawful political activity of any other person or any class of persons, or persons generally is unlawful,’ Mr Gyasi emphasised.

He encouraged security personnel to actively engage in the electoral process, from voter registration to the final declaration of results, without committing any electoral offences, to uphold the integrity of the electoral process and ensure a fair and transparent election.

He emphasised that ensuring free, fair, peaceful, and violence-free elections, there was a core value that Ghanaians must cherish as a nation by having ‘Respect for Human Dignity,’ captured in article 15, clauses one and two of the 1992 constitution of Ghana.

He said it was imperative the personnel uphold this fundamental principle in order to maintain the integrity of the democratic process and promote a society built on respect and equality for all individuals.

Mr. Gyasi called on all security personnel to actively promote a culture of political tolerance leading up to the December elections.

Mr. Charles
Owusu, the Chief Revenue Officer for the Bono Region, commended the NCCE for their informative programme, while encouraging them to continue fulfilling their duties for the benefit of all Ghanaians.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC urges government to resolve Mallam-Kasoa-Winneba Junction gridlock

The Central Regional Communications Bureau of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged government to be innovative in resolving the Mallam-Weija -Kasoa rain and construction induced gridlock.

Heavy rains and construction works had worsened the situation, causing chaotic traffic, major disruptions and frustration for commuters.

A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Ms Gabriella Tetteh, the Regional Communications Officer, condemned the heavy gridlock, describing the phenomenon as glaring incompetence on the part of the requisite authorities.

The Party called on the Ministry of Roads and Highways, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, to swiftly execute a comprehensive action plan to tackle the congestion.

That, it said, should include ensuring on-site contractors establishing alternative routes to mitigate disruptions, while the Ghana Police Service deployed personnel to bring the traffic situation under control.

It said government had been ineffective in managing the
debilitating traffic congestion plaguing the Kasoa-Winneba route, the statement said.

The NDC said the seeming perpetual gridlock represented a dire safety hazard, inflicting intolerable delays and economic suffering on motorists, commuters and businesses.

The NDC denounced what it said were brazen neglect of the Central Region populace and all affected commuters.

‘The NDC expresses profound dismay at the woefully inadequate response of the Ghana Police Service in alleviating commuter distress. The absence of proactive traffic management strategies is utterly deplorable.

‘The NDC demands immediate action from President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia,’ the NDC said.

The NDC reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to advocating for the Central Region and vowed to ‘withstand the continued affliction inflicted by President Akufo-Addo and Alhaji Bawumia upon its populace.’

There had been massive gridlock this week on the Mallam-Weija-Kasoa road persistently which began after a downpour around 1600 hours
on Monday, May 13.

Residents had to navigate through the waters to reach their homes.

Heavy-duty trucks bound for the Central and Western Regions were seen parked on the shoulders of the roads with drivers sleeping in their seats.

Vehicles travelling from Kasoa to Kaneshie, Lapaz, and Dansoman also faced challenging situations.

Source: Ghana News Agency